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"Green On Blue" And A Threadbare Western Narrative
Posted by The Agonist on July 4th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Yet more “green on blue” shootings by Afghan security forces on their Western mentors.

An Afghan soldier shot and wounded five U.S. soldiers late Tuesday at a base in eastern Afghanistan in what is the latest in a series of “green on blue” attacks by local forces on their coalition counterparts.

Tuesday’s attack comes after three British troops were shot dead Sunday in southern Helmand province by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform. Afghan security forces will be responsible for defending their country when coalition troops withdraw by the end of 2014, and the incidents raise questions about their reliability.

…Twenty-six coalition soldiers have been killed in 19 “green on blue” attacks this year. Last year, 35 were killed in 21 incidents, according to coalition figures. ISAF claims most attacks are carried out not by Taliban infiltrators but by Afghans who are frustrated with the behavior of their Western counterparts.

There were exactly three cases of this kind of thing in Iraq in seven years of occupation. That these attacks are happening in ever accelerating numbers shouldn’t just make us question ANSF reliability. The people responsible for Afghanistan’s security are increasingly looking up, deciding our occupying troops are a real threat, and taking matters into their own hands. That should make us question the whole “saving Afghans” narrative we in the West have lived with for the last decade. I have a suspicion that Afghans are the best placed to decide who their country needs saving from.

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